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    Media Watch: In Entertainment, At Least, the LAT is Hiring

    At the recent Digital Hollywood I was struck by Los Angeles Times entertainment honcho Sallie Hofmeister's description of what her paper is doing. The good news, for those of us who cover Hollywood, is that the LAT is now so online-focused (after years of avoidance behavior) that they have decided to BEEF UP the entertainment coverage (in the face of other layoffs). That is because they are going after online traffic. As we all know, celebs and red carpets and Twilight and Superman bring eyeballs. Hofmeister said that their strategy is to lure younger readers --the future for all newspapers that wish to survive--with pop candy. She also made...

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    Oscar Watch: New Carpetbagger Hits Award Circuit

    Melena Ryzik is the NYT's new "guide on the red carpet to the news and the nonsense of awards season, covering the Golden Globes, the Oscars and more," reads the new "about" section of The Carpetbagger. She's the NYT staffer who replaces the alter-ego of NYT media columnist David Carr, who burned ou...

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    Bonnie Fuller's HollywoodLife Debuts

    For those of you who think I spend too much time on Twilight, check out Mail.com mogul Jay Penske's answer to TMZ and Perez Hilton: HollywoodLife.com. While Penske acquisitions Deadline Hollywood and Movieline aren't breaking any traffic records, count on tabloid queen Bonnie Fuller to score by appe...

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    Scott Foundas Joins Film Society as Associate Programmer

    As I suspected, LA Weekly and Village Voice Media film critic Scott Foundas has accepted the offer of associate film programmer at The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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    Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video

    Upbeat Oscar blogger Pete Hammond wonders if Jim Sheridan's Brothers could be another contender for Lionsgate, which already has Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire well on its way.

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    Avatar Budget, Up in the Air Tweet Chart, Pattinson vs. Kidman, Finke Attacks, Indie Bloodbath Redux

    James Cameron's Avatar did not cost $500 million. First of all, the thing was in R & D for years. The negative cost is $300 to 400 million, but no one knows for sure. If you add worldwide marketing to it, maybe it creeps up to $500 million, because it's a huge movie that Fox has already spent a lot ...

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    Entertainment Weekly Slashes Staff

    Entertainment Weekly lost eleven staffers Wednesday, including four editorial. My old Premiere colleague Christine Spines is out at the West Coast office. What's telling is that she specialized in writing features, something the magazine isn't interested in running anymore, as their stories get shor...

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    Twilight's Pattinson Covers Vanity Fair

    I never do junkets. But at Comic-Con a year ago last July, the place went nuts over Twilight star Rob Pattinson. So last November, I knew I had to interview the young Brit actor with my flip cam. Summit gave me a one-on-one with him at the Four Seasons.

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    Bloggers Disclosure Rules Redux

    J. Sperling Reich of Showbiz Sandbox interviewed critic James Rocchi, journo Michael Giltz and me about the controversy surrounding the FTC blogger disclosure rules. The topic of junkets got quite heated. Here's the post that ignited quite a reaction on this blog.

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    Journalism in 3-D: Is Content Dead?

    "If content is not king," asked Variety publisher Neil Stiles at a downbeat Digital Hollywood journalism panel Wednesday, "what is?"

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